I'm not an American, but when you start to type to google "why are americans" there comes only negative answers..
A lot of people say that Americans are stupid and so on...
I mean I've never been in America, but mostly people from Y! A seems clever to me, they've helped me a lot.. and even some teachers have said in school that Americans are stupid ( like teacher should do that? Wait.. what are we learning in school communication?)
Shouldn't these people look before at themselves?
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Americans are not stupid. BUT they are, generally speaking (exceptions always exist), absolutely terribly educated. I come from western Europe and I've lived in the US twice. One of these times, I also attended a public high school in America. What I realized there was that compared to my public high school in Europe (Switzerland, to be exact), where I had to pass a very competitive exam in all major subjects to even be admitted, American high schools SUCK. Sure, you might have those fancy places like MIT, Harvard, Yale, Stanford... yadayada. But these private universities do not reflect the conditions of the type of schools 95% of Americans attend.
My shock about the American high school system began already on the first day in the principal's office. I was told to choose my classes. This was already quite strange to me, since we can't "choose" our classes in Europe. Anyhow. Sounds like fun for all the students I guess. So I asked him "what classes are the mandatory ones?" And he responds "None." None. Cool! Wait... what? WTF? Did you just say you don't force your students to attend any specific classes? Are you saying students can get through 6 years of high school without ever having seen a history or foreign language or math classroom from the inside? That is fucked uuuup.
But okay. I tried to get over this shock when my next one was already lurking around the corner: quality. I'm sorry... I'm really sorry but public education in the US sucks. And I know it wasn't just my school because I heard the same from other exchange students in other schools and other US states. With 8 years of mandatory school-French (we have to start in elementary school in Switzerland), I was better at French than my American French teacher who actually studied the subject at a university. Again: that is fucked up. Also, my math and physics classes were pathetic. In my journalism class, we were hanging out and chatting and boring ourselves to death 90% of the time, while our pregnant teacher was snacking away on chocolate bars. Oh and multiple choice exams? REALLY? The first time I saw one I thought it was a joke. Are we on "Who wants to be a millionaire" now? How can you check students' knowledge about things such as the American civil war with a freaking multiple choice "test"? That's ridiculous. One of the reasons for this poor quality is that the teachers in American high schools are themselves not educated decently. To be a teacher at a high school in the US, all you0